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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate and House are toiling away on different versions of the president's dividend tax cut. But the Senate is looking to offset some of the tax cut with tax increases. That has tax cut supporters angry.The tax cut package introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) totals $415 billion, including $91 billion allotted for the president's dividend tax cut.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday successfully fended off a challenge from Democratic trial lawyer Bill McBride to win re-election in a race that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe had declared his party's number one priority this year. But Democrats will get the keys to the governors' offices in three mega-states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican lawmaker wants former Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin to testify before a Senate committee regarding his failed efforts to get government help in preventing the collapse of energy giant Enron.Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) also took a rhetorical swipe at Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), former Democratic vice presidential nominee and possible 2004 presidential candidate, for his reticence in forcing Rubin's testimony before the Senate this fall.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Steel consumers and Michigan lawmakers pleaded their case before the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday, hoping the agency will recommend that the Bush administration lift steel tariffs imposed in 2002.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Democrats want to point fingers for their dismal showing in the 2002 elections, they should start with former President Bill Clinton, according to Republican consultant Alex Castellanos.Despite Clinton's fundraising prowess, Democrats are reeling because the former president has "stolen their soul," attempting to be on both sides of every issue, Castellanos said. Democrats are currently lurching left, he added, evidenced by Al Gore's surprise advocacy for universal health care.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congress is on the verge of an ill-advised tax cutting spree, warn liberal scholars from the Center on Budget Priorities and the Brookings Institution.Despite the Congressional Budget Office's $157 billion budget deficit forecast for fiscal year 2002, there's a danger that Congress will attach tax cuts to the end-of-year spending bills as lawmakers rush to adjournment before the November election, warns Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton Friday praised the efforts of a fledgling liberal lawyers' group to counter the influence of the decades-old free market Federalist Society. During a luncheon address to the "American Constitution Society for Law and Policy," Clinton seized another opportunity to blast the "vast right-wing conspiracy," saying she only regretted implying it was a secretive effort.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration's coziness with Mexican President Vicente Fox is causing some members of the Republican Party to express frustration over immigration policy.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A day after Tennessee Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. backed away from sponsoring a Social Security reform bill containing personal retirement accounts, he denied being pressured to do so and said his decision was based on the cost of the legislation."I love this concept" of allowing workers to invest their Social Security taxes in personal retirement accounts, thereby allowing low-income workers to enter the equity market and build wealth, Ford told CNSNews.com on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The ever-more-crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls will be busy seeking the endorsement of labor unions headed into next year's primaries.In fact, Democratic presidential candidates are headed to Hollywood Beach, Fla., next week to woo union officials at the AFL-CIO's three-day conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Senate Tuesday dealt a blow to the president's economic stimulus plan and its centerpiece $726 billion, ten-year dividend tax cut.After failing last week to eliminate half of the president's tax relief package, opponents regrouped Tuesday and passed, 51 to 48, an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution that would ostensibly redirect over half of the tax relief ($350 billion) to a reserve fund to "strengthen the Social Security trust funds over the long term."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. District court may have struck a blow to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions this past week, but the law's proponents quickly regrouped and say it's not all that bad.That was the gist of a Washington, D.C., briefing Wednesday, in which McCain-Feingold supporters pressed their case for the law in spite of last week's court decision striking down key parts of the law.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday successfully fended off a challenge from Democratic trial lawyer Bill McBride to win re-election in Florida. It was a race that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe had declared his party's number one priority this year. "He ran a hard race," Bush said of his defeated opponent in a victory speech. "Now is the time to unite us as a state." But Democrats will get the keys to the governors' offices in three mega-states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even if Congress fully eliminates the marriage tax penalty from the current tax system, the income tax will continue to discriminate against traditional families, according to a new study."What is needed to end the numerous marriage tax penalties is nothing less than fundamental tax reform" in the form of a flat tax or national consumption tax, argue the study's authors, David A. Hartman and Allan Carlson, writing for the Institute for Policy Innovation.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With insurers and corporate defendants desperate to resolve costly asbestos lawsuits before the politics of the 2004 presidential year intervenes, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday pressed forward with a bill to resolve the estimated 200,000 asbestos cases clogging the nation's courts.The plan, originally penned by committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) but amended by the committee on Tuesday, would replace lawsuits with a national $180 billion trust fund paid for by insurers and corporate defendants and regulated by the federal government.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore's decision not to run for president in 2004 comes as a relief to the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who were eagerly awaiting some decision from him.In fact, Gore's indecision until now has kept a lot of donors and potential campaign staffers on hold, complained Craig T. Smith, a spokesman for Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was Gore's running mate in 2000.